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syria's chemical weapons. this is. the father of n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden. who remains in an undisclosed secure location.
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two waiting for him right at the entrance to the v.a.b. a launch off the airport where we're standing now this is his first time in russia of course i had to ask him what's the plan for the first city office visit i'm mr coote arenas guest and i'm very thankful for his hospitality and. i'm going to follow mr q. trainers advice and that will determine where my day leads and if the opportunity presents itself i certainly hope that i'll have an opportunity to see my son clearly mr snowden leaning on. this. who's been representing and counseling his son edward here in russia the only thing we know about edward snowden is location is that he's somewhere in a safe area in a safe place in russia son and father did. come to moscow in august there's a lot of speculation over why that didn't happen including for security reasons as
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the son edward snowden the former n.s.a. contractor arrives to the transit zone often to me it's about airport in june he's wanted in the u.s. after a leaking thousands of documents providing details of how u.s. services spy on officials and ordinary people all across the world he was granted temporary asylum by a russian officials but now as we've also heard from his father even his family is not sure whether or not he'll ever be able to come back to the u.s. . he's been assisting snowden on legal matters has revealed that father and son will reunite today the exact time and location not been disclosed for security reasons you can get the latest updates on the story and the time by having to go home. and became washington's most wanted man after exposing the extent of america's global surveillance program with revelations sending shock waves. around
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the world it set him on the run from u.s. prosecution but also won him recognition and praise he's been given the sam adams prize for integrity in intelligence it was awarded to him by a group of whistleblowers and activists all of whom have unveiled hidden secrets themselves in the past they joined kevin owen here and told him how snowden is adjusting to his new life doing remarkably well under the circumstances in which he came here we're obviously keen to find out personally how easy you know what to look like these days. i thought he looked great he seemed very centered and and. brilliant smart funny very engaged. i thought he looked very well considering the amount of pressure. do you think that's taking any toll at all and the psychological toll i think it would in ordinary circumstances but this is an extraordinary person he's made his peace with what he did he's convinced that he put he did was right he has no regrets and he's willing to face whatever the future
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holds for him the person you saw in front of you kohli yes actually we discuss this intel integrity in intelligence issue quite extensively and we talked about prior examples of great people in history that had themselves been under this type of pressure and he's remarkably centered just that you yourself were whistleblowers so you would have you ever had regrets might put that to you first of all have you ever regretted what you did no never never and i did in fact decided to dedicate my career at the government accountability project to representing whistleblowers and helping whistleblowers i never thought they would end up being criminally prosecuted much less for espionage but i believe in what i did i would do it over again and that was actually the exact answer that edward gave us but it's not the same for the rest of you three guys as well you do you feel it's a way of you have a quietly in some quiet moments that he any second thoughts could you tell of you
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is again just remind our viewers about what you'll story was well i disclosed high crimes and misdemeanors by the u.s. government at the national security agency that involved both secret surveillance and massive fraud waste and abuse no regrets at all in blowing the whistle recognizing that i paid a very high price fortunately. it's not just yourself of course it's your family and friends that are on the president yes and that's that's part of the price that you pay i found that continuing pattern the more secret the us became and they're more. we grew into a surveillance state the more people who were willing to just do their job and tell the truth and obey ethics rules were getting in trouble so while i suffered i was under criminal investigation and put on the no fly list things like that i thought were very draconian i could never have imagined in a million years that president obama would begin indicting and prosecuting people like thomas drake and edward snowden and bradley manning and john kiriakou and
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a number of other people under the espionage act which is the most serious charge you could level against an american what was the reaction from snowden last night when you told him that he'd won this civil war he already knew because we awarded to two months ago the problem was getting it to him and it is our tradition starting with colin that we physically present this it's sort of like an emmy or not what it is is a candlestick holder for someone who has shown the right light into the dark corners so he knew what he was he didn't know about the candlestick holder he knew that he had cheated the award and you know we were coming and the reception we got was just so for the warming it was a person who now realizes that he has very senior people alumni you know some of the size and the senior people who speak for a lot of people still within these organisations that admired greatly where they
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would snowden. and hopefully will summon the courage to follow his example so was what was thoughts about the future did he speak to you or anyone else around the table here about what he thinks is going to happen anytime soon well i think it's most what he has done is starting the conversation the discussion not just the united states but around the world in terms of the direct threat to the sovereignty of individual citizens people need to realise that there's a greater issue of human rights that is brought up by asylum and the fact that a number. people involved in his case like sarah harrison glenn greenwald laura portress people are having trouble even moving around and getting where they're going i can speak personally and say we weren't worried about coming into your country we are worried about getting back into our own country and and that should not be there already we already said i would stay as a ban on the rule of law that's one change itself from its very own constitution the mechanism by which we govern ourselves so when you win us but as
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a rule of law and use a secret law secret pete seeger interpretations of law we're a whole new ball game it's pandora's box and you can catch the full version of that discussion on our website right now at l.t. dot com. libya's prime minister has appeared in public following his brief kidnapping by government contract to government in tripoli and he's a done describe the kidnap as part of the political games in the country but gave no details of the operation or his abduction truth been assessing the many conflicting reports surrounding his seizure. it is just been released up he was taken this morning from the corinthia hotel in tripoli by armed gunmen there are conflicting reports rebels have come forward and claim that they were behind the attack which was a retaliation they said first supposed to be an involvement in a u.s. special forces raid which took libyan al qaeda suspect and. libby has implemented it in bombing u.s. embassies overseas back in one thousand nine hundred ninety however there are also
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reports that he may have been taken because he was actually going to be arrested it's a by government faction within the ministry of interior so it's not clear exactly right he was taking a what happened to him for those few hours he was in detention and we do know however that he is alive and well but it really is just another example of how two years on from the ouster of gadhafi the country is really struggling to deal with these rebel groups and these islamist militant groups that control part of the country. is bill true that the middle east editor for the guardian newspaper told me that the interim prime minister's kidnapped very much reflects what's been going on in libya over the past two years. it's an indication of general faily chaotic situation in libya were very weak central government still very strong armed militias which have not submitted to the will of their government in more than two years now since the overthrow of the cafferty greasiness really it is not
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functioning properly that the fundamental and the most one issue is the question of islam not least of the state on the armed force for fundamental pretty functioning state without me and a police force that is loyal to the state it will be very difficult to move ahead there are arguments for revenues from oil for the different regions there are arguments about the oil for a chief of rebel forces khadafi son saif al islam. is held by a militia in western libya and refuses to hand them over to the central government so the economy security foreign investment all these things are going to be affected unless there is some sense that the state can consolidate sold. the scene the very first signs of a possible warming in relations between america and iran but before even a single sanction is lifted american corporations could already be on a quest to conquer one of the world's most powerful industries polity investigates
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after the break that and other stories still to come. deliberate design it's a big journey to such. one hundred twenty three days. through two thousand and nine hundred ninety cities of russia. relate fourteen thousand people or sixty thousand killings. in a record setting trip by land air. and others face. a limp torch relay. on march.
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he's continues here on r.t. the drawn out budget crisis in washington is beginning to affect america's foreign policy thanks to state john kerry has warned that the u.s. won't be able to sustain its goals abroad if the deadlock continues and he said now he talked to one of america's most prominent political commentators and intellectuals no one chomsky who explained where he thinks his country went wrong. on chomsky am right on the faculty at mit and i and getting more heavily involved in any war activities for the last few years a thinker writer a linguist cognitive scientist and non-conformist for decades keith. thirty
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six very very serious peter. mares. the church. now in chomsky's work echoes well beyond the walls of the massachusetts institute of technology the author of over one hundred books has long been debating the other side of us foreign policy and it is going to set policy in some special interest to serve to split the side of most will never hear the pressure respondent. straightforwardness with the powerful let's just say get over it before it's too. we want to we have for sure the world but for the first attempts to invited our two to sit down with him in boston to discuss some of today's past global issues they began with iran and hopes of a new u.s. policy term scheme is pessimistic. last december there was supposed to be an international conference in finland to carry forward longstanding
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efforts to establish. a zone free of nuclear weapons or weapons of mass destruction in the middle east didn't happen the first thing that happened is israel announced they wouldn't participate. then everyone is waiting to see what was interesting was waiting to see what iran would say your ram said they would participate with no conditions immediately obama called off the conference. giving the reasons which are the official israeli reason cannot have a conference until this regional peace settlement of course in the background there can be a regional peace settlement until the u.s. and israel stop blocking the international consensus on israel palestine agreement which they're doing have been thirty years so no meeting people in the united
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states have done very almost nothing about it for a very simple reason not a word about this is appeared in the american press literally you can read about it in arms control journals or international affairs journals or and articles that i write things on the fringe with the press was silent about it so no pressure on syria chomsky says getting rid of chemical weapons is a good first step but not enough great opportunities are being missed. clearing some of the weapons are not there just for fun they were there as a counter to israeli nuclear weapons israel is the only. massive nuclear. so there's a broader issue this goes back to the question of the weapons of mass destruction freezone in the middle east which the the us is blocking for the same reason so this is a partial. it's good in itself but very partial on the broader opportunities
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not being pursued we also talked about one of the most pursued men in the world chomsky doesn't buy edward snowden is a threat to u.s. national security the security is almost always relevant but its security of the government from its own population that's the security concern genuine security like security of the population are very low. and drones according to chomsky are a direct threat to america. well horribly good or you know will. never grow the look of the program or it's a terrorist generating. from the highest level. short of the record. that. create the potential. thank you very much for your
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time for inviting us to your office here at and my team that with noam chomsky and i mean it's in our way for our team. or to get more of dr unique perspective on how the u.s. operates domestically and abroad what his full interview at r.t. dot com. the red cross says europe is heading into a long period of mass unemployment inequality and social despair the organization believes a sturdy policies are to blame according to a report obtained by britain's guardian newspaper now it forecasts bleak times ahead for about one hundred twenty million europeans living in or close to poverty the report says that those out of work for more than a year stands at eleven million add to that rising xenophobia due to illegal immigrants social unrest and political instability is estimated to be three times higher than in other parts of the world all these factors combining to create a european future is more shaky than at any time after world war two greece which
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is one of the hardest hit countries is considering having to close three of its major state run enterprises auntie's under a farmer has been looking into one of them there was a time when the just north of athens could only support a small fishing community but the arrival of the large smelting plant on its banks changed all that. employing a thousand strong workforce for decades however its days could now be numbered. during closing it is part of radical cutbacks and workers turn up fearing what lies ahead. now by going any worker imagine whose future without work i live here i was raised here my grandfather worked here so how can i imagine my future without this plant. large commercial manager gave me a tall amid the grime and flames he pointed out the plant is among the biggest and
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most modern in europe a recent slump in profits he says is a result of a short term plunge in the price of nickel and the government's doubling of the price of electricity closure in his eyes is not an option he wants privatization it's a money making machine that when you. feed. one side you get what it will go no government is good. business for. sure but that. we want to be private. but we want it to be forever does the good way then as it is. the greek government has tough choices to make to meet i.m.f. bailout conditions it has to x. four thousand public sector jobs and reduce the salaries of twenty five thousand more by the end of the year in the meantime workers at lark i have rallied and
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handed their own plan to the i.m.f. who they believe is wrong to question the plants viability. or we can prove the i.m.f. is wrong this factory is profitable and has a future and we have made a plan to counter the lies and tell the truth. the future of this plant will also determine the fate of the surrounding economy and that's because around twenty thousand people are employed in industries that either supply or service it including this port disappears those jobs. across the water the people of quietly go about their business not only has lark zero created jobs it spawned a community generations have lived and worked here the burning question is for how much longer andry farmer r.t. . it's known as the black sheep of the e.u. but hungary's been giving the block some home truths prime minister viktor orban
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criticized it for lacking a clear vision and called on member states to push on with their own policies while praising his own country's reforms artie's laura smith asked him why he's biting back at brussels. when victor hungary controversal prime minister gave a talk at chatham house in prague of journalists and members of the institute he started his new mexico on i am on gary and he said that we have a unique and we produced more history that we could possibly manage he started by telling the story of hungary its relationship with the european union first the storage of this sort of unattainable land of opportunity but increasingly he said hungary and see a european union which is on the scene and unclear where it's going in the future politically that hungary still has very positive feelings about being a member of european union but the three states which opened up an opportunity for
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renewal and regeneration of the institutions in his country as soon he says that things cannot go order as they didn't neglect the differences between the countries he was very clear about saying no one here is a member states have the right to dictate that economic policy three of an ideology and normally it's the diversity between that did this concept of patriotism a nation could still exist inside the european union what else him about the risks of doing the most to bring to this policy with regards to you know he came. first by brussels of the political and economic integration he was very clear about his own political isolation in the strongly related to success. if hungary be a successful country to be not isolated if you feel. it's all bad news day his push to politically differentiate hungary from the rest of europe is an experiment in
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the forestry and hungary that includes a personal fitness for us. reporting there from iran and the u.s. recently signaled the fall in political relations but it's unclear if. this means to iran will finally be rid of its burden of economic sanctions but one industry sector has been standing strong regardless iran's carmakers one point six million vehicles are produced in the country every year making it the world's third biggest car manufacturer in the industry accounts for ten percent of the country's g.d.p. what despite a ban on shipping parts some of the most popular persia and retro models are still made in iran and the country produces its own cars based on french designs the official business is allowed between the u.s. and iran until sanctions are lifted but american companies such as general motors are already said to be moving in to secure their positions were generous george bruno has been following the industry there and he believes the u.s.
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is preparing to swoop in when the time is rights in iran. i think already there of been. secret contacts between us for and iranian counterparts in order to prepare or to anticipate a political deal between iran and the united states mainly these contacts of kurds in the automobile sector and fortunately for us in france we are the brother the last one even tried to do to go to iraq because for the last the last years france was extremely active in the fighting against iran. was exerting a lot of pressure you know for the last twenty years the us were outside the the french businessman i do quite a good position in iran to draw noir the automobile sector and now they're afraid that these all these years of force will be cleaned by the new deal which will
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happen between us and iran for sure that the european companies will be more probably losers in this kind of agreement. now to more news from around the world us republican majority leader john boehner has proposed temporarily raising the country's debt ceiling to avoid a looming catastrophic default one of the plan lawmakers in the white house will have until the end of november to negotiate a long term solution the proposal will be put to a congress vote on saturday but the deal going to affect the ongoing u.s. government shutdown which has put hundreds of thousands of workers on paid leave and it's costing the country's economy around three hundred million dollars a day. pakistan is rearrested the former president pervez musharraf accusations he was personally responsible for over one hundred deaths during the storming of the red mosque in two thousand and seven a little peroration in islamabad
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a week long standoff between the last supporters and security. since the supreme court granted bail to the embattled former military rule in three other cases the shot of had been on the house arrest for the last six months. but brings up today for the moment talk about with a new statement in the meantime after the break mexico as it takes a at the big bang because of wall street. you know it's getting old trying to beat the war drums to invade iran i think the let's invade iran talk has been going on since i was in college to keep the saber rattling rolling israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu declared in front of the un that iran is building nuclear weapons that could hit new york in three to four years no he said new york obviously he is trying to spook a certain country with nuclear destruction the delegates from namibia were probably
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unmoved sadly this time netanyahu failed to bring a funny cartoon bomb picture with him like in his two thousand and twelve un speech in which he also warned the world about the threat of a nuclear iran you know i might be more optimistic about israel accusing other countries of being nuclear threats if they had a better track record themselves although israel is a bit candid with their arsenal according to a b.b.c. article the federation of american scientists believes that israel's arsenal has grown to about two hundred nukes based on their surveillance of ever expanding facilities inside the country also let's not forget that israel has plenty of ways to deliver those two hundred nuclear bombs if the need be so my question is why should we automatically trust israel with a lot of nuclear weapons but not iran is it because they're bureaucrats where european suits and shave i don't know it just seems to me that disarmed countries are better advocates for nuclear disarmament but that's just my opinion.
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i was in. my interaction with. iran was not determined to make nuclear weapons but it was important for them. and identity. and i'm sure since the big. guys are welcome to the kaiser report you know last year the group real food for kids based in fairfax virginia convinced local schools to replace additive in a few pink slime burgers with one hundred percent all beef patties the students however upon a countering the one hundred percent all beef pink and the middle of their burgers complain.